Michael Fisher

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher

Michael Fisher became president and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s, a nonprofit, pediatric, academic medical center, in January 2010. He leads an organization of 15,000 employees who had nearly 1.25 million patient encounters with children from all 50 U.S. states and nearly 70 countries last year.

Fisher is a leader and spokesperson for professional organizations of children’s hospitals.

  • He currently chairs the Children’s Hospital’s Solutions for Patient Safety, an international network of more than 100 pediatric hospitals. Their efforts have saved more than 5,800 children from serious harm and an estimated $109 million in healthcare costs.
  • He serves on the national Children’s Hospital Association Medicaid Reform CEO Steering Committee.
  • He is past board chair (2013-2014) of the Ohio Children’s Hospital Association.
  • He is a strong advocate for passage of pending federal legislation that will improve care and healthcare coordination for children with complex medical conditions covered by Medicaid.

He is a strong advocate for children and healthy communities.

  • His 2020 strategic plan calls for effective local partnerships to reduce infant mortality and prematurity, improve kindergarten readiness and third-grade reading, and address the social influences of health.
  • He serves as co-chair of a task force to address childhood poverty in Cincinnati.
  • In 2016, he announced a significant five-year investment to drive community development and improve child health in the local neighborhood where the medical center is located.

During Fisher’s tenure, the medical center

  • Improved access and experiences for patients and families through significant upgrades to and expansions of facilities and infrastructure, including mental health care, cancer care, neighborhood urgent care centers and more.
  • Increased external research funding from $143 million to more than $200 million.
  • Reinforced and expanded its longstanding commitment to pediatric scientific research with the opening of a new clinical research center in 2015.
  • More than doubled annual philanthropic support, including a comprehensive fundraising effort that has surpassed 80 percent of its $250 million goal.
  • Maintained its #3 spot for six consecutive years in U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospital ranking.

Prior to his appointment at Cincinnati Children’s, Fisher was president and CEO of Premier Manufacturing Support Services, where his company was a supplier to the global automotive industry. He then served as president and CEO of the 5,000-member Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Stanford University, Fisher has provided board and philanthropic leadership to a range of not-for-profit and civic causes. He and his wife, Suzette, have four young adult children.